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  1. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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  2. 8 Affordable Aids for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Need a little help sometimes? Maybe you could use a hand when you get out of a chair, cook a meal, or write out a shopping list. You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few gadgets that are easy on your wallet. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because the

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  3. Traveling Pain-Free With RA

    Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be less fun. "There's no reason you can't travel just because you have RA," says Victoria Ruffing, RN, program manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "You just need to take some extra precau

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  4. Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

    A bite from a bacteria-infected tick causes Lyme disease. If you get the disease, you might have lingering symptoms. Some people have ongoing pain and fatigue, says Afton Hassett, PsyD, principal investigator at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan. The continued sy

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  5. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

    It hurts when you walk, when you get in and out of a chair, and when you lean over to put on your shoes. Your hip may even hurt when you're just sitting or lying down. More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get b

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  6. Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

    If your knee hurts when you walk or get up from a chair, or it keeps you from doing daily activities, you might wonder: Is knee replacement surgery in your future? More than 700,000 complete knee replacements are performed in the U.S. every year. About 90% of people who have the surgery get major pa

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  7. Injectable Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis

    If you have knee osteoarthritis, doctors can offer a variety of treatments to relieve your symptoms. One option is to inject medication into your knee. There are different types of injections, and they're an important part of treating knee osteoarthritis for many people, says Roy Altman, MD, an oste

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  8. Caring for Your Joints at Home

    Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can wear away, too. It's a condition known as osteoarthritis. And without enough cushioning, the bones of a joint will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There

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  9. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

    Once considered high-tech, joint replacements are now a common operation. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S. Studies show joint replacements can significantly relieve pain and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them. "Joint replacement can be a li

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  10. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

    After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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